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Published: 19 February 2018

Transport Minister, Marc Garneau, recently announced that the federal government is going to be developing new training standards for semi-truck drivers. We support all initiatives that increase safety, and are thankful for the experience our own drivers have. We wondered though, if the average non-commercial driver really remembers everything they may have learned, or if they’ve kept up to date on new things, like round-abouts. See if you know the answers to these True or False questions.

  1. When visibility is poor due to rain or fog, it’s best to turn your four-way flashers on.
    ❏True   ❏False

  2. You should always put your automatic transmission in D2 when it’s raining.
    ❏True   ❏False

  3. Taking a curve at a high speed can cause a loss of steering control.
    ❏True   ❏False

  4. In BC, you do not need to signal in a round-about.
    ❏True   ❏False

  5. These two signs mean the same thing, one’s just upside down.
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    ❏True   ❏False

  6.  You should steer in the direction opposite to where you want to go if your cars starts skidding on ice.
    ❏True   ❏False

  7. Playground speed limits are in effect from 8am to 5pm.
    ❏True   ❏False

  8. You are driving “up” this road. Because the solid yellow line is on your side, you are not allowed to turn left.
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    ❏True   ❏False

  9. The roads can be particularly slippery when it’s just started to rain.
    ❏True   ❏False

  10. This sign means that there is only one lane going in your direction ahead.
    safety2
    ❏True   ❏False

Answers:

  1. False: When visibility is poor due to rain or fog, it’s best to turn your LOW BEAM headlights which reduces glare.

  2. False: You should always put your automatic transmission in D2 when you are pulling a trailer or going up or down a very steep hill. If it’s raining, you can use the regular D gear, but reduce your speed.

  3. True: Taking a curve at a high speed can cause a loss of steering control. The weight of the vehicle combined with speed will propel the vehicle in a straight line through the force of inertia. Not making the turn in your lane could put you in the path of oncoming traffic, or off the road entirely.

  4. False: In BC, you DO need to signal in a round-about. You should signal a left turn just ahead of your exit.

  5. False: These two signs both mean that there is an obstruction ahead, BUT one means you will need to keep right, and other to keep left.

  6. False: You should steer IN THE DIRECTION of where you want to go if your cars starts skidding on ice.

  7. False: Playground speed limits are in effect from DUSK til DAWN, regardless of the time. School zones are from 8am to 5pm.

  8. False: You can turn left over a solid yellow line, as long as you’re not impeding traffic.

  9. True: The first bit of rain mixes with oil on the road, making it particularly slippery. While you do need to watch for puddles and adjust to poor visibility in a rain storm, the road surface itself will get less slippery the more rain that falls.

  10. False: This sign means that there is NO PASSING allowed.

So, how’d you do? If you think you’d benefit from a refresher, there’s one here from ICBC, who we also thank for all of the info for our quiz

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